It’s opening day for the 2018 Winter Paralympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, which run through March 18 – an occasion marked by this impressive Google Doodle. A record 567 athletes (including a U.S. delegation of 68) will vie for medals in six sports: alpine skiing, biathlon, cross country skiing, para ice hockey, snowboarding, and wheelchair curling.
Rocky Mountain Division’s Christina Bruno – whose teaching credentials include Adaptive Level I, Snowboard Level III, Alpine Level I, Children’s Specialist 2, and Freestyle Specialist 1 – is in PyeongChang, working on behalf of Adaptive Sports for Social Change.
“It has been an amazing trip so far. I finished four days of clinics training Korean instructors on adaptive equipment/teaching yesterday (March 8) and today (March 9) they taught their first adaptive lessons under our guidance,” says Bruno. “We have two more days of adaptive lessons with children from Korea with disabilities, and then our group will be heading to the opening ceremonies of the Paralympics and events. We also have 11 peer mentors from the U.S. with us; teenagers with disabilities that are here to socialize and support the lessons going out with the Korean children.
She adds, “It has been quite an incredible team effort. With the Korean instructors in training, American clinicians, U.S. peer mentors, Korean university professors, and Korean children with disabilities, we are a group of 84 and have the whole Phoenix resort to ourselves.”
Look forward to learning more about Bruno’s experiences in an upcoming issue of 32 Degrees.